Solar System Exploration
September 17, 2004
NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft gave humanity its first glimpse of Neptune and its moon Triton in the summer of 1989.
Surrounding Earth is a giant magnetic field called the magnetosphere. Its shape is defined not only by the planet's north and south magnetic poles, but also by a steady stream of particles coming i...
Modeling Earth's Magnetism
The small moon Mimas passes in front of the larger moon Rhea, which is partly obscured by Saturn's rings, in this movie from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
Before a Veiled Rhea
Spacecraft Full Stack
Spacecraft Full Stack
This movie, made from images obtained by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft of the outer edge of Saturn’s B ring, reveals the combined effects of a tugging moon and oscillations that can naturally occur in ...
Oscillations at B Ring Edge
Giovanni Cassini, the astronomer, discovers a moon near Saturn. Half is dark as coal. The other half, bright as snow. Three centuries later, Cassini, the spacecraft, flies by for a close look.
Backstage Pass to Iapetus
Rotating asteroids have a tough time sticking to their orbits. Their surfaces heat up during the day and cool down at night, giving off radiation that can act as a sort of mini-thruster.
How Sunlight Pushes Asteroids
From aboard NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center G-III aircraft, this wide angle video of the moon's umbra was captured as they flew over the coast of Oregon, near Lincoln City at 35,00 feet dur...
NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center G-III Captures Eclipse Umbra
Eleven years in the life of the Sun, spanning most of solar cycle 23.
This Cassini movie -- the first of its kind -- shows lightning on Saturn's night side flashing in a cloud that is illuminated by light from Saturn's rings.
Lightning Flashing on Saturn
Hi, Everyone! My name's Morgan. My favorite topic is Enceladus.
Scientist for a Day Option 1: Enceladus
January 2021 skywatching highlights: Begin the new year with "perihelion," then catch a glimpse of elusive Uranus and Mercury later in the month.
What's Up: January 2021 [Video]
Look for Mars close to the Pleiades in the first weeks of March. Then wake up early to observe the giant planets Jupiter and Saturn.
What's Up: March 2021 [Video]
Everyone likes to check the weather in a far away destination before they travel there. This is especially true for spaceflight, where the destination may be where no one has gone before.
Space Weather to the Edge of the Solar System
This data visualization represents twenty years' worth of data showing the abundance of life both on land and in the sea.
Earth: Our Living Planet
This visualziation shows the major fragments of comet Showmaker-Levy 9 colliding with Jupiter in 1994.
Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 Jupiter Impact (Visualization)
Meet NASA's new Mars rover – Perseverance
NASA's Dawn spacecraft flys over dwarf planet Ceres which Dawn has been orbiting for mre than a year, providing us with fascinating views of an alien world.
Unveiling Ceres (Animation)
This video uses data gathered from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft to recreate some of the stunning views of the Moon that the Apollo 13 astronauts saw on their perilous journey around ...
Apollo 13 Views of the Moon in 4K
Scientists have discovered that water is being released from the Moon during meteor showers.
Water Released from Moon: Director's Cut
Winds around Jupiter's Great Red Spot are simulated in this JunoCam view that has been animated using a model of the winds there.
Great Red Spot Rotation (Animation)
RTG fit and test
RTG fit and test
A recreation of Huygen's historic descent to Saturn's giant moon Titan in January 2005.
Approaching Titan a Billion Times Closer
This artist's concept shows "tides" on Titan raised by Saturn's gravity, as detected by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
Squeezing and Stretching Titan
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New Webb Image Captures Clearest View of Neptune's Rings in Decades
The Mars lander’s seismometer has picked up vibrations from four separate impacts in the past two years.
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NASA’s Perseverance rover is well into its second science campaign, collecting rock-core samples.
NASA's Perseverance Rover Investigates Geologically Rich Mars Terrain
NASA will host a briefing at 11:30 a.m. EDT on Sept. 15, to provide highlights from the first year and a half of the Perseverance rover’s mission.
NASA to Host Briefing on Perseverance Mars Rover Mission Operations
DART recently got its first look at Didymos, the double-asteroid system that includes its target, Dimorphos.
DART Sets Sights on Asteroid Target